Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas

Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas : Intercultural Transfers Intellectual Disputes, and Textualities

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In recent years scholars have turned their attention to the rich experience of the Jesuits in France and Spain's American colonies. That attention has brought a flow of new editions and translations of Jesuit accounts of the Americas; it is now time for a study that examines the full range of that work in a comparative perspective. Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas offers the first comprehensive examination of such writings and the role they played in solidifying images of the Americas. The collection also provides a much-needed re-examination of the work of the Jesuits in relation to Enlightenment ideals and the modern social sciences and humanities - two systems of thought that have in the past appeared radically opposed, but which are brought together here under the rubric of modern ethnographic knowledge. Linking Jesuit texts, the rhetorical tradition, and the newly emerging anthropology of the Enlightenment, this collection traverses the vast expanses of Old and New World France and Spain in fascinating new ways.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 165 x 235 x 33mm | 860g
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1442645725
  • 9781442645721
  • 2,577,185

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Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Marc Andre Bernier (Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, French Literature), Clorinda Donato (California State University, French and Italian), Hans-Jurgen Lusebrink (Universitat des Saarbrucken, Chair of Romance Cultural Studies and Intercultural Communication) Part I: Intercultural Transfers * A Peculiar Idea of Empire. Missions and Missionaries of the Society of Jesus in Early Modern History Girolamo Imbruglia (University "l'Orientale" in Naples, Humanities and Social Sciences)* The Politics of Writing, Translating, and Publishing. New World Histories in Post-Expulsion Italy: Filippo Salvatore Gilij's 1784 Saggio di Storia Americana Clorinda Donato* Imagining the Kingdom of Quito: Reading History and National Identity in Juan de Velasco's Historia del Reino de Quito Eileen Willingham (Independent Scholar, Languages and Cross-Cultural Communication)* For Love of Patria: Locating Self and Nation in Clavijero's Rendition of the Conquest of Mexico Beatriz de Alba-Koch (University of Victoria, Latin American Studies)* Between Ethnology and Romantic Discourse: Martin Dobrizhoffer's History of the Abipones in a (post)modern perspective Hans-Jurgen Lusebrink* From Sacred Rhetoric to the Republic of Letters: Jesuit Sermons in Seventeenth-Century New Spain Perla Chinchilla Pawling (Universidad Iberoamericana, History)* France's Colonial Strategy of Cultural Assimilation Sara E. Melzer (University of California, French and Francophone Studies) Part II: Intellectual Disputes * Jose Basilio da Gama's epic poem O Uraguay (1769): an intellectual dispute about the Jesuit state of Paraguay Wiebke Roben de Alencar Xavier (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures)* Changing Perspectives: The Other, the Self, the In-Between of the Jesuit Experience in the Eighteenth Century Ute Fendler (University of Bayreuth, Francophone Literature, Cultures and Media in Africa)* East from Eden: Domesticating Exile in Jesuit Accounts of their 1767 Expulsion from Spanish America Karen Stolley (Emory University, Spanish and Portuguese)*"Ils estoient si subjects a leur bouche": la Relation de 1616 face a la topique antijesuite Isabelle Lachance (l'Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Canada Research Chair in Rhetoric)* Les Relations des jesuites et la construction de l'observateur europeen face au monde indigene Klaus-Dieter Ertler (University of Graz, Roman Literature)* Une rhetorique du silence: l'/uvre jesuite dans la Description de la Louisiane du recollet Louis Hennepin Catherine Broue(University of Quebec, Literature) Part III: Textualities * L'heritage de Jose de Acosta Pierre Berthiaume (University of Ottawa, Professor Emeritus)* La Nouvelle-France dans l'imaginaire jesuite: terra doloris ou Jerusalem celeste? Marie-Christine Pioffet (York University, French Studies)* The Legacy of Joseph Gumilla's Orinoco Illustrated Margaret R. Ewalt (Wake Forest University, Spanish)* Pierre Pelleprat's Accounts of the Jesuit Missions in the Antilles and in Guyana (1655) Real Ouellet (Universite Laval, Professor Emeritus) and Marc Andre Bernier* Dans le sillage du pere Joseph-Francois Lafitau: les Avantures de Claude Le Beau Andreanne Vallee (Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie, French) Postface * De l'usage de la comparaison dans les ecrits des Jesuites sur les Ameriques Hans-Jurgen Lusebrink List of Contributors Index
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Review quote

'This book will be useful for scholars willing to know more about the role of American Jesuits at the turn to modernity... It will stimulate further studies about the relationship of American Jesuits with the dissemination of knowledge they produced.' -- Pablo Abascal Sherwll Raull The Sixteenth Century Journal vol 47:04:2016 'This is an outstanding contribution, one that focuses primarily on the literary and philosophical nature of Enlightenment period Jesuit accounts of America.' -- Sabine Hyland Renaissance Quarterly vol 68:04:2014
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About Marc Andre Bernier

Marc Andre Bernier is the Canada Research Chair in Rhetoric at l'Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres. Clorinda Donato is the George L. Graziadio Chair of Italian Studies and professor of French and Italian at California State University, Long Beach. Hans-Jurgen Lusebrink is the Chair of Romance Cultural Studies and Intercultural Communication at Universitat des Saarlandes.
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